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Board of directors

Pär Boman, Chairman

Engineer and Business/Economics degree
Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1961

Member since 2006
Chairman of the Board's credit committee and remuneration committee
Member of the Board's audit committee and risk committee

Position and other assignments
Chairman of Svenska Cellulosa AB SCA and Essity AB
Vice Chairman of AB Industrivärden
Board member of Skanska AB

Background
2006-2015 President and Group Chief Executive of Handelsbanken
2002-2005 Executive Vice President, Head of Handelsbanken Markets
1998-2002 Executive Vice President, Head of Handelsbanken Denmark
Employed by Handelsbanken in 1991

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of 19 February, 2020)
100,000 shares and 26,045 shares held indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Independent of the Bank and its management
Not independent of major shareholders (Vice Chairman of AB Industrivärden)

Fredrik Lundberg, Vice Chairman  

Graduate Engineer and Graduate in Economics/Business Administration 
Honorary Doctor of Economics and Honorary Doctor of Engineering 
Nationality: Swedish 
Year of birth: 1951

Member since 2002
Member of the Board's credit committee

Position and other assignments  
President and Group Chief Executive of L E Lundbergföretagen AB 
Chairman of Holmen AB, Hufvudstaden AB, AB Industrivärden 
Board member of L E Lundbergföretagen AB, Skanska AB

Background  
Group Chief Executive of L E Lundbergföretagen AB since 1981 
Active at Lundbergs since 1977

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)  
67,275,000

Independent of the Bank and its management 
Not independent of major shareholders (Chairman of AB Industrivärden)

Jon Fredrik Baksaas

Graduate in Economics/Business Administration and PED from IMD
Nationality: Norwegian
Year of birth: 1954

Member since 2003
Chairman of the Board’s audit committee
Member of the Board's credit, remuneration and risk committees

Position and other assignments
Board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Statnett SF

Background
2008-2016 Board member of the GSM Association, chairman 2013-2016
2002-2015 Telenor Group, President and Group Chief Executive
1989-2002 Telenor Group, various positions with finance, financial control and general management
1988-1989 Employed in Aker AS
1985-1988 Stolt Nielsen Seaway AS
1979-1985 Det Norske Veritas, Norway and Japan

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
3,800

Independent of the Bank, its management, and major shareholders

Hans Biörck

Graduate in Economics/Business Administration
Year of birth: 1951 

Board member since 2018
Member of the Board's credit committee and remuneration committee

Position and other assignments
Chairman Skanska AB and Trelleborg AB

Background
2001-2011 Skanska, Deputy CEO and CFO
1998-2001 Autoliv, CFO
1997-1998 Own business
1977-1997 Various positions within Esselte 

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
5000

Independent of the Bank, its management and major shareholders

Stefan Henricson

Stefan Henricson

Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1970

Member since 2020
Deputy employee representative

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
28,785 indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Kerstin Hessius

Graduate in Economics/Business Administration
Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1958

Member since 2016
Chairman of the Board's risk committee

Position and other assignments
CEO AP3, the Third Swedish National Pension Fund
Board member of Vasakronan AB, Hemsö Fastighets AB, Trenum AB, Svensk-Danska Broförbindelsen SVEDAB AB and Øresundsbro Konsortiet

Background
2001-2004 Stockholm stock exchange, CEO
1999-2000 Sveriges Riksbank, Deputy Governor of the central bank
1998 Danske Bank, CEO Asset Management
1990-1997 ABN Amro Bank/Alfred Berg
1989-1990 Finanstidningen
1986-1989 Swedish National Debt Office
1985-1986 Sveriges Riksbank (Swedish central bank)
1984-1985 Swedish Agency for Public Management

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
8,700

Independent of the Bank, its management and major shareholders
Independent of major shareholders

Anna Hjelmberg

Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1969

Member since 2020
Employee representative

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
22,628 indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Lise Kaae

Authorised Public Accountant
Nationality: Danish
Year of birth: 1969

Member since 2015
Member of the Board's audit committee and risk committee

Position and other assignments
CEO HeartLand A/S
Board member of Whiteway A/S and various companies within the HeartLand Group

Background
1992-2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
2,560

Independent of the Bank, its management and major shareholders

Lena Renström

Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1965

Member since 2020
Employee representative

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020)
27,855 indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Ulf Riese

Ulf Riese

Graduate in Economics/Business Administration
Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1959
Member of the credit committee, audit committee and risk committee

Position and other assignments
No other positions or assignments

Background
Various positions at Handelsbanken
2016 – 2018 Senior advisor
2007 – 2016 CFO Handelsbanken
2004 – 2007 Head of Handelsbanken Asset Management
2004 Executive Vice President, Handelsbanken
Employed by Handelsbanken since 1983

Own holdings of shares and those of closely associated persons (as of 19 February, 2020)
124,100 shares

Not independent of the Bank and its management (former employee) 
Independent of major shareholders 

Arja Taaveniku

Arja Taaveniku

Graduate Executive MBA
Nationality: Swedish
Born: 1968

Position and other assignments
Chairman Svenska Handelsfastigheter AB
Member of the board, Mekonomen AB
Member of the board, Nobia AB 

Background
2015 – 2019 Chief Offer and Supply Chain Officer, Kingfisher plc, CEO subsidiary of Kingfisher plc
2012 – 2015 President and Group Chief Executive, Ikano Group 
2005 – 2012 Global Business Area Director, IKEA Group
1989 – 2005 Various positions within the IKEA Group

Own holdings of shares and those of closely associated persons (as of 19 February, 2020)
0 shares

Independent of the Bank and its management 
Independent of major shareholders 

Charlotte Uriz

Nationality: Swedish 
Year birth: 1972

Member since: 2020
Deputy employee representative

Own shareholdings and those of closely associated persons (as of February 19, 2020) 
12,683 shares indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Carina Åkerström

Bachelor of Laws
Nationality: Swedish
Year of birth: 1962
Member since 2019
Member of the Board's credit committee 
 
Position and other assignments
President and Group Chief Executive of Svenska Handelsbanken AB
Vice Chairman Swedish Bankers’ Association
Board member World Childhood Foundation
Background
Various positions at Handelsbanken
2019 – Member of the board
2016 – Deputy Group Chief Executive of Handelsbanken
2010 – 2019 Head of Regional Bank Stockholm
2008 – 2010 Head of Regional Bank Eastern Sweden
2008 Executive Vice President 
Employed by Handelsbanken since 1986

Own holdings of shares and those of closely associated persons
10,500 shares and 30,427 indirectly via the Oktogonen profit-sharing foundation

Not independent of the Bank and its management (employee)
Independent of major shareholders